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Amatitlán, Guatemala
On our first trip to Guatemala, (pre-digital era), my wife spoke rudimentary Spanish and I was far from fluent. In return for our fledgling language skills, this girl gave us a warm smile...and perfectly smoky tortillas as well. A few years later,...
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Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is one of the driest places on earth—but that’s not what makes it remarkable. Instead, it’s the stark landscape that pits a vibrant blue skyline against the sparkling white earth, made entirely of salt. This natural wonder makes it...
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La Paz, Bolivia
The capital of South America’s poorest country seems an unlikely stop for globetrotting food pilgrims. But Claus Meyer, co-owner of Copenhagen’s Noma restaurant, is set on changing that. In April he opened Gustu, a haute dining spot that will cook...
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Copacabana, Bolivia

Every morning at 10 o'clock sharp, the local taxi and minibus drivers line their vehicles up in front of the Cathedral of the Virgin of Copacabana to receive her blessing for health, wealth, and safety on Bolivia's notoriously treacherous...

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La Paz, Bolivia
Spend any time walking around Bolivia’s capital city, and you’re sure to witness a curious and initially ominous sight: Men and boys in ski masks and stained clothes are ubiquitous on the sidewalks of La Paz. Especially when you first spot one, or...
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Sudoeste, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Mercado Cancha Calatayud is South America's largest open air market, selling everything from books to furniture, clothing to diapers, live animals to mouth watering saltenas (if you do not know what a saltena is, it is reason enough to book a trip...
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Distrito 2, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
The Guembé Biocenter is a 60-acre environmental resort/preserve (if that's a thing) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. It has a restaurant and swimming pools, as well as extensive grounds that contain a lake, tropical plants, an aviary, and a butterfly...
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Buena Vista, Bolivia
One of the most beautiful experiences I had in Bolivia was crossing a river on foot with our belongings over our head (the boat never showed up) and arriving to the other side to find our horses waiting for us to take us through. We picked and ate...
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Azurduy 16, Sucre, Bolivia
There are many reasons to stay at Hotel de Su Merced in Sucre - the lovely staff, the soft beds, the central location. But the best part of staying here? You can have lemon meringue pie for breakfast every day. It is included in the delicious...
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Bolivia
The tropical climate of Bolivia's Oriente may be the last place you'd expect to find yourself surrounded by sand. In fact, clambering over dunes in any jungle seems highly unlikely regardless of where you are in the world. Behold, Las Lomas de...
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24 de septiembre 242, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
OGA serves up a unique evening experience in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. The achachairu fruit, indigenous only to Bolivia, is used to craft delicious cocktails that capture the essence of the Bolivian taste and culture. I suggest sampling...
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If you're spending more than a few days in the cosmopolitan city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, chances are you'll need a break from the chaos and noise. Seek refuge – and fresh air – at Laguna Volcán, a modest eco and golf resort settled in the...
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La Paz, Bolivia
Beautiful basecamps are a real treat at this mountain range in the Bolivian Andes. Set on the stunning Chiar Khota Lake, hikers fortify themselves with fresh trout caught in the lower mountain lakes before ascending the surrounding peaks. Greener...
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La Paz, Bolivia
The Witches' Market, also known as El Mercado de las Brujas in Cerro Cumbre, La Paz, Bolivia. Local witch doctors are known as yatiri, and the stores sells potions, dried frogs, medicinal plants. The most shocking thing on vie at the witch market...
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Bolivia
People said it would be easy. They were wrong. Hiking to 6088m is anything but easy. After ice climbing up a straight glaical wall on our first day, I ascended along a moraine ridge line up the mountain, taking shelter in a refuge at 5200m. In the...
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Estación de Tren, Av Ferrocarril 1, Ollantaytambo, Peru
South America’s most iconic historic site is surely Machu Picchu, the Inca citadel nestled high in the Andes, while its most famous natural site is, despite stiff competition, arguably Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands. These must-visit destinations are...
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Peru
The reason most come to Aguas Calientes, or maybe even Peru at all, is Machu Picchu. The world-renowned Incan site, perched high above town amid dramatic mountains, is one of the best ways to appreciate the Quechua people’s greatness, since...
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When I decided to go to Peru, I knew there would be plenty of handicrafts to capture my attention. I even packed a collapsible tote bag to lug my purchases back home. In Lima, I stayed at a hotel in Miraflores. On my first venture out into the...
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Av. de La Cultura 220, Cusco 08000, Peru
Along the wall of the Coca museum in the San Blas District of Cusco, are about six artifacts from major ancient civilizations from Peru. They are anthropomorphic figures and they all are all shaped to include a wad of coca leaves in their cheek....
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Calle Carmen Alto 227, Cusco 08000, Peru
This store is just a little ways off the main street of the San Blas arts district in Cusco, but definitely worth the diversion. Inside, funky, modern jewelry and handbags are mixed with neatly hung vintage dresses, shirts, and jackets. The walls...
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Organos, Peru
Finally, I got my first vacations in a long time! With a low budget and wanting some sunshine, I had no doubts of where to escape: the beaches of Northern Perú. The most famous beach town up there is Máncora, in Piura. There you will find most of...
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Peru
If you're looking for an alternative to Hiking the Inca trail, consider renting motorcycles and finding your own way there. Armed with a couple of local maps two 400cc bikes, my travel buddies and I drove over 8,000 foot snowy mountain peaks and...
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One of the best things to do while in Cuzco is to visit the Sunday farmer's market in the nearby Andean town of Pisac, taking either a taxi or a more economical bus to get there. The villagers surrounding Pisac come from miles around to sell their...
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Juli, Peru
While staying in Puno, Peru, on the banks of the fascinating Lake Titicaca, my husband and I hired a guide for a day to take us to some of his favorite towns in the area so we could see a bit more of what a typical day is like for those living in...
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Taquile Island, Peru
Lake Titicaca is the largest navigable lake in the world. It's worth taking advantage of it's navigability to find your way onto a boat to Isla Taquile from Puno. The island is inhabited by a cooperative society of people who welcome travelers to...
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Iquitos, Peru
This was my first trip outside of the US and it was certainly one of the most memorable. I spent two weeks along the Amazon river in northeastern part of Peru. Half of the trip was spent volunteering at a small elementary school rebuilding one of...
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Floreana Island, Ecuador
Galápagos travelers are often amazed to find themselves approached by sea lions—especially juveniles, whose playful curiosity can seem almost puppylike. When they see a Zodiac nearing their beach, sea lions will sometimes rush into the water to...
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Delicia, Ecuador
About 80 miles from Quito, this eco lodge in the sky is owned by 12 campesino families, who are regenerating 1800 acres of now-protected forest. Santa Lucia Cloud Forest Reserve offers lodge accommodations as well as beautiful wood-and-glass...
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Tungurahua, Ecuador
The little city of Banos is situated on the side of volcano Tungurahua and has gorgeous waterfalls like this one, the Pailon del Diablo or Devil's Cauldron. To get up this high the trail first drops about 1000 feet into the valley and then climbs...
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On clear days, Cotopaxi's snowy peak is a centerpiece of the horizon all around Ecuador. Towering at 5,897 meters high, it is one of the top three tallest active volcanoes in the world and the second tallest peak in Ecuador. It is possible for...
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We dove Gordon Rocks in gloomy green water with 10-15ft visibility. About 15 minutes into the dive we rounded a rocky outthrust and saw 2 giant sea turtles swimming through an enormous school of barracuda. The barracuda literally blacked out the...
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Rabida Island, Ecuador
One of the best things about cruising the Galapagos aboard La Pinta was waking up in world-class snorkeling spots, like this brilliant spot off Rabida Island. Here we swam with turtles, penguins, sea lions, sharks, rays, and more. A few members of...
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This was up there in the Top 5 dives I have done so far. We must have seen around 800 hammerhead sharks on this one dive. Blew my mind!
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Alausi, Ecuador
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. Take a ride on the Devil’s Nose Train, a feat of railroad engineering that offers spectacular views of the Ecuadorean Andes. From Riobamba, it’s a two-hour bus ride to the small town of Alausi, where...
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Av. Conocarpus, Sn, Puerto Villamil 200250, Ecuador
Three separate schools of hammerheads passed by us as the current drifted us along between two rock walls. We probably saw nearly 100 sharks in a 30-minute period. I was breathing so heavily, I had to come up early because I was running low on...
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Máncora District, Peru
Mancora, a tiny fishing village in northern Peru near the border of Ecuador, is one of the most beautiful beach towns I've ever visited. Walk the beach and you pass fancy boutique hotels, old wooden fishing boats, vendors hawking coconut water and...